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[Susan notes: Letters that name specifics on pocketbook issues are affective.]

Published in Spokesman Review

To the editor

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction demonstrates how school reform is anything you can get away with. She received special funding from the $2.6 Billion in the red Washington State Legislature for positions called "School Improvement Specialists." These individuals will be working with "identified" low performing schools to get their Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) test scores up.

Each school and school improvement specialist must demonstrate results for the legislature. A school improvement specialist works 1.5 days per week at the school and "earns" $30,000 per school year. At this time, the SPI has appointed 31 persons at $30,000. Two persons were hired at $60,000 per year (sweating out three days) and one consultant at $72,000. The total cost to taxpayers is $1,062,000.

School teachers--Could you use $1,062,000 to buy needed instructional materials or tutorial support? Why aren't you screaming?

Donald C. Orlich

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